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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6 Q HeraldZeltung g Thursday May Attractons CLOSEUP Vertigo By Richard Ashton Copley News Service i Earlier this year amid great Universal unveiled a 1 newly restored version of Alfred Hitchcocks classic The 1958 psycho logical thriller starring James Stewart has become a cult favorite in the 39 years since its release but it is a film that was nearly lost Its hard to believe but 1 Hollywood does not look after its own product Many classic films even boxoffice block 1 busters are left to decay in damp forgotten vaults In the 1 case of film restor ers James Katz and Robert James Stewart a former police dective with an acute fear of heights is hired by an old college pal Harris got the classic just in tQ trail Wg mysterious wife Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcocks classic thriller the nick of time Vertigos Technicolor neg saving Judy Garlands A Star watch and their success will 1 J is The film had been lead to rescuing other films in Vernon Directed by Jacques Demy 1964 Fox Lorber Home Video 91 Director Agnes Varda painstakingly restored Demys classic musical This film won top honors at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival and still is remarkable because Herbert Lorn Directed by Anthony Mann 1961 Criterion Laserdisc 184 Martin Scorsese produced the restoration of Manns action drama One of the last great epics of the bigepic era El Cid has been something every line of dialogue is sung of an orphan The Voyager Funded by the French Criterion Laserdisc is a Ministry of Culture this longspectacular way to see the atives had shrunk and were in dire need of repair Left much cut over me years with whole longer there would have been songanddance sequences no way to restore this gem lost aiong me way But Haver But Universal dug deep into was able to many of the their pockets and budgeted lost sequences and the film at million to the Vertigo restoration The result is a spectacularly colorful and detailed print In many ways Vertigo looks need of restoration last makes sense Sadly some scenes are lost forever and are filled with still photo mon tages But one film really proved there was a mass audience for classic films Lawrence of Katz and Harris found it in SpanlsK mission church man very poor condition and the efforf to solve the riddle of her 1980svideo had added insult past When she runs up a bell mv rerecorded to give the film a to injury by One of tower his debilitating vertigo made crisp freshness The new print the reels so the action Guinness and Anthony Quinn Directed by David Lean 1962 Star Home Video and Criterion Laserdisc 216 British cartographer Lawrence advises the warring Arab tribes to unite and help better today than it did in 1958 It certainly sounds bet ter The original elements of Vertigo starring James Stewart Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes Directed by Alfred Hitchcock 1958 Universal the British during World War Home Video 128 I Lawrence leads the Arabs as Stewart plays a detective they take back their lands hired to keep tabs on the mysultimately coming into con terious Novak He falls in love flict with the British interests lost classic is now available to rent again My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn Rex Harrison Stanley Holloway and Wilfrid HydeWhite Directed by George Cukor 1964 Fox Video 170 min One of the biggest box office hits of all time was torn scratched and shrunken But Katz and Harris performed miracles working with com puters to hide the scratches and the Scotch tape holding the frayed film together Included on the special edi tion version is an hourlong documentary on the restora tion process El Cid starring Sophia Loren Charlton Heston and restored version Heston stars as the hero who drove the evil Moors from llth century Spain A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland James Mason and Jack Carson Directed by George Cukor 1954 Warner Home Video 154 Continued p 7 HURSDAYFRIDAY JUKEBOX SHUFFLEBOARD POOL SATURDAY PRIVATE PARTY SUNDAY BRETT GRAHAM no cover 625HALL J 255 Saengerhalle with her and takes her to a for Dolby surround sound and new sound effects were in Arabia OToole made a dazzling debut as Lawrence in one of the greatest adventures ever so the action was reversed The restoration was painstaking but the film was finally restored to its original length When it was shown to the aging David Lean he stunned the restorers by demanding that they cut it Lean explained that he had not had enough time to finish the film as he had wanted So 30 years later he got to finish his clas sic Taking the restoration process to its extreme was Stanley Kubrick who restored his landmark film Dr by repho new video release Vertigo tographing each and every u M frame of the fjim wjm a Nikon still camera Thats dedica tion The following films all available on home video are classics saved from decay Today they look more color ful sharper and brighter than ever before Theyre a treat to dazzles by comparison to the previous video release this is great news for fans of this new video release just goes to show what bad shape most films are in Compared to the new edition of Hitchcocks Torn Curtain arid The Birds appear to be in dire need of restoration too If these films are in the same sad condition Vertigo was we may never see them as they were intend j ed But theres hope With its theatrical rerelease and the should easily surpass its f million restoration price tag prevents him from following Then he witnesses Novaks fall to her death Months later Stewart finds a woman who looks remarkably like Novak He forces her to take on Novaks appearance as his obsession gets out of control Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter OToole Alec SisiiB The Umbrellas of Cherbourg starring Catherine Deneuve Nino Castelnuovo and Anne Post 179 410 W Coll New Braunfels the library 6250179 Now OPEN And studios are discovering that theres money to be made in old classics Indeed Star Wars and its sequels were digitally remas tered and revamped at an esti 1 mated cost of million Star Wars alone grossed more than million on its rerelease you can do the math The business of modern film restoration really has its roots in the early 1980s Two ncy films were restored as a labor of love and found great sue cess when released theatrical ly The first was Abel Gances silent film of 1927 British film historian Kevin Brownlow spent years reassembling the forgotten film from sources scattered around the globe Around the same time Ronald Haver was working on DAILY SPECIAL CHICKEN FRIED Tastiest iu Town I95 TUESDAY Z JAM NIGHT SONGWRITERS 1 NIGHT Al Barlow Chuck OConnor 2 SATURDAY IlUt CUT Kills i jim from Chillis Menu ilU LIVE ENT I 2000 Minds I Delicious Margaritas ONIYAT anda Station Upicss tuiich Window IBBo 381 LANDA ST NEW BRAUNFELS Fifth Fri MonThurs SalSu Element Fri MonThur SalSun Ffi MonThurs 510720 FaMonThurs SotSun 920 Austin Powers Fri Monlhur SalSun Fri MonThurs SotSun Roniy 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